GSFM acquires MLC Asset Management’s 49 per cent equity stake in Redpoint Investment Management


Damien McIntyre

GSFM has completed the acquisition of a 49 per cent equity stake in boutique quantitative equities specialist Redpoint Investment Management (Redpoint).  Redpoint management will continue to control 51 per cent of the business. 

The two firms combined will manage over $17 billion.

Redpoint was established in 2011 and specialises in listed asset classes including Australian equities, international equities, global infrastructure and global property.

GSFM specialises in marketing funds managed by high calibre local and international managers to Australian and New Zealand institutional and Australian retail investors and represents approximately $7.4 billion in funds under management. GSFM is majority owned and backed by the listed CI Financial; one of Canada’s largest independent investment firms. 

GSFM has acquired the stake previously held by MLC Asset Management (MLCAM), formerly NAB Asset Management, which provided the initial backing and support capital to grow Redpoint to its strong position with $10 billion in assets under management.

Damien McIntyre, chief executive officer of GSFM, said: “GSFM is focused on identifying under-serviced investor needs and marrying this with high quality investment solutions.

“We see demand in the Australian market for quantitative solutions and Redpoint brings a highly credible and experienced team to provide such strategies.”

Redpoint CEO Max Cappetta said: “GSFM’s acquisition of a 49 per cent equity stake in the business will allow the Redpoint team to focus on investment management, while also introducing our funds to a wider audience through GSFM’s dedicated, focussed and specialist distribution capability.

As one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, GSFM’s parent – CI Financial – provides the potential opportunity for Redpoint to expand its international footprint in the future.”

Eric Smith, chief investment officer and co-founder of Redpoint will step down as CIO on completion of the sale, and will remain a member of the Redpoint Board and a senior adviser to the business focusing on ESG/Sustainability and Infrastructure strategies.

Ganesh Suntharam, co-founder and leader of Redpoint’s portfolio management and trading functions, will take over as chief investment officer.  This change reflects Redpoint’s desire to elevate its next generation of leadership to drive future growth. 

Mr McIntyre said: “The transaction opens up further opportunity to expand the number of solutions we are providing to our clients in the Australian market. 

“GSFM currently has seven fund manager partners, each offering a differentiated investment strategy in their specialist asset class. These span Australian equities, global equities, fixed income, volatility and absolute return through global equities. This acquisition brings the total fund manager partners to eight.”

Mr Cappetta said: “After an eight-year journey to establish and grow the business, all shareholders have agreed that Redpoint management’s ambitions are best progressed with a new partner.”

Berkshire Global Advisors acted as exclusive corporate advisor to Redpoint.

Transaction terms have not been disclosed.

Since CI acquired a majority stake in of GSFM in November 2016, CI and GSFM have collaborated to introduce portfolio managers to new products and markets. Cambridge Global Asset Management, a division of CI Investments Inc. based in Toronto and Boston, now manages a global small companies fund for GSFM, and Munro Partners of Melbourne manages a global growth liquid alternatives fund for CI Investments.

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